From W. S. Dallas 27 November 1868
27 Nov. 1868.
My dear Sir
I am sure you will be glad to hear that I have been elected, after a struggle of some sharpness from what I learn, to the Assistant Secretaryship of the Geological Society.— I must thank you for your share in this result, which, I believe, is not a small one, as your Testimonial was a particularly strong one, & bearing your name would naturally have great weight, & I have no doubt your personal influence with members of the Council has also been felt in my favour—1
I am happy to have to tell you that after all the delay that has been caused by this business, I have succeeded in finishing the Translation of Fritz Müller,—I shall read it over to polish the English a little, insert tracings of the woodcuts & send it up to Mr. Murray without loss of time—2 It has been a heavy job, for although easy to read a great many passages require mature consideration in translating & the MS. parts, which all came at the end, gave me a good deal of trouble, the small German handwriting being almost too much for my eyesight by gaslight.—3 As the election has occupied every one’s attention throughout the present month, I do not think the delay in publishing will be disadvantageous to the book.—4 I suppose I had better write a short preface indicating the general characteristics of the work & the principal additions.—
Believe me | My dear Sir | Your’s very truly | W. S. Dallas
C. Darwin Esq. F.R.S. | &c &c &c
WSD has been elected Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society after a sharp struggle. CD’s support was greatly in his favour.
Has finished Für Darwin. It has been a difficult job.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6481,” accessed on 25 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6481